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Monday, August 03, 2009

U.S. Raids Colonial Bank Office

by Calculated Risk on 8/03/2009 03:03:00 PM

From Reuters: U.S. raids Colonial Bank office in Florida (ht Jim the Realtor)

Federal agents working with the U.S. Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) executed search warrants at two Florida banks on Monday and Colonial Bank (CNB.N) said one of them was its office in Orlando.
A spokeswoman with the office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which buys assets from troubled financial institutions to stabilize the banking industry, would only say that its agents executed two search warrants in Florida on Monday.
Colonial is operating under a Cease & Desist order, and just Friday reported to the SEC: " ... management has concluded that there is substantial doubt about Colonial’s ability to continue as a going concern."

Colonial has about $25.5 billion in assets and would be the largest bank failure this year. No word on the purpose of the raid.